LiveMixThe main hall in the Hythe Community Centre was transformed into a television study on February 10 when the club staged a “live” recording of its version of Ask the Experts.

In the chair was Barrie Gibbard (club chairman), who was joined on the panel by John “JJ” Jones and Henryk “Hen the Pen” Jachimczyk, both club members and award winning film makers.

Questions on issues ranging from white balance to “Who do you make your films for – yourself or competition judges?” prompted a lively debate, all of which was captured on camera.

Professional directors-cameramen Robin Garton and his son Dylan set up a video mixer connected to the three cameras in the “studio” while the cameramen were linked via talk-back. The 30-minute programme was screened at a later club meeting.

The exercise proved so worthwhile that it is hoped to repeat it next season.

Christmas2014Photographer John Simpson was on hand with his stills camera when fellow members enjoyed a not-so-traditional feast, Fish and Chicken Supper, and quiz night (December 9 2014) to mark the end of the autumn session.  A number of members' wives joined in the fun.

ScriptWritingAs part of the club’s regular technical sessions, member John Howden employed a wide selection of his films and script print-outs to illustrate the different ways he goes about achieving a film script. (February 3, 2015)

The key considerations, he advised his audience to consider, were:

  • allow the pictures to tell your story while letting the script fill in details not shown

  • write in ordinary, spoken language

  • research your subject before writing

  • be prepared to rewrite and restructure as you progress ideas

  • use an on-screen scripted narrator as well as the anonymous off-screen commentator where appropriate

John explained that there were basically two types of scripted film: 1. the pre-written, researched script with the images shot to order; and 2. the randomly shot video, such as the traditional holiday film, which were later scripted and built into a feature.

He concluded: “The most important thing about film making is to enjoy it and be open to learn from others.  Watch TV and go to the cinema as often as you can and then go and do likewise with your camera!”

DC14-NatThe three external judges awarded first place in the Documentary competition (November 25 2014) to John Howden for his skillful study of an artist at work, The Art of Nat.  Runner-up was Lembu Gallery & Studio by Bryan Littlewood; and third Jay Greenfield by John Howden.
The members' vote in the Documentary competition put Bryan Littlewood's Lembu Gallery & Studio in first place with John Howden joint second with The Art of Nat and Jay Greenwood.

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